I know it probably isn’t a joking matter, but I couldn’t help but think of Inspector Clouseau when hearing about Eurocopter’s quandary.
According to an EASA safety bulletin issued today, the helicopter manufacturer reported that “a number of parts” for main gearboxes for its AS350, AS355, EC130 B4, AS332 and EC225 LP helicopter models were stolen “from a facility of one of its subcontractors in Marseille, France.
Along with being plundered, the parts had also not received final quality control inspection. “These parts are considered as not approved and should not be installed…”, says EASA.
France’s most famous detective would no doubt accept the “shah-lange” of the case.